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Sunday Poem and Photograph: She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways

SHE dwelt among the untrodden ways, Beside the springs of Dove, A maid of whom there were none to praise, And very few to love: A violet by a mossy stone Half hidden by the eye! --Fair as a star, when only one Is shining in the sky. She lived unknown, and few could know When Lucy ceased to be; But she is in her grave, and, oh, The difference to me By: William Wordsworth how often do you pass by the "untrodden ways"? Back in college, my professor in literature gave us an assignment to choose a poem from the English Literature collection.  She said to relate the poem to an important person in our lives.  We need to read the poem in our class but before reading, we need to inform the class to whom the poem is for or we are relating to.  I read the above poem and I am referring to my mother who died when I was fourteen.  When I’m done reading I found that most of my classmates were in tears including my professor.  I did not realize that I read

Road Trip to Cabatuan… Cemetery

By that I am referring to Cabatuan Cemetery in Cabatuan, Iloilo City, Region 6, Philippines, Asia. It was not actually a road trip going to the cemetery. Who wants a road trip leading to the cemetery anyway? I chanced upon this place during our road trip from Iloilo City going to Janiauy – a province in Iloilo City, Philippines.  What I was looking forward to see during this road trip are the famous old Iloilo churches.  But… this is what exactly caught my eyes Me: What is that? Relative 1: (Grinning) “On no you don’t want to go there, it’s not a church,” Me:   It looks mysterious, can we stop and check please? Relative 2: (Wide eyed) It’s a cemetery!” Me: Really? Wow it’s beautiful! Can we stop please? I’ll just take some quick shots All Relatives:   We’re not going with you, you know… we’ll just stay in the car! Me: Ok, but try to step on the breaks when the car drives by itself (grinning) … and they all get out of the car (he he he) a treasure find! amazing t

Road Trip to San Mateo Isabela

By that I am referring to San Mateo Isabela, Region 2, Philippines, Asia. I could say that this is the longest road trip I’ve been to so far.  Before this it was Baguio.  When we passed by Nueva Ecija it dawned on me that it is farther than Nueva Vizcaya!  Hey! laugh at me if you wish!  I’m not a Google map lover! I’d rather read blogs than tire my eyes looking at maps.  And for me any place in the Philippines that has “Nueva” is one among the farthest (now lol at myself). Well according to genius search sites, the actual distance of  San Mateo Isabela from Manila is 263 kilometers.  You can check more details about road trip to this province through search sites but I can share to you right now what I actually experienced.  Tag along with me as I share our exciting (and a bit scary) road trip. The photos are taken on the way back to Manila.  I was not able to take photos on the way to Isabela because it was a night trip.  We left Manila by 3:00PM and we reached our destination

Sunday Poem and Photograph: Where Have All The Scarecrows Gone

I've traveled some hundred miles tagged along with friendship bond, from congested city roads to haven of green lands. I passed through mountain ranges, hills and streams, and stretch of wild forests envisioned in greenery dreams. I let my sight bathe in nature's breathtaking beauty,  while searching for one familiar figure in a "hoodie".  Through hectares and acres of green lands and rice fields,  I'm searching for that figure that my kid's mind dreaded then later giggled. My eyes searched and searched but failed to find one, where have all the SCARECROWS gone? ©2012 By: Balut Manila photo taken from a speeding SUV along Maharlika Highway in Nueva Vizcaya on a back-to-the-city road trip from Isabela

Liebster Blog

Hello October! On with my "zero back tag" campaign I am complying to one unique award that I received for the first time! Liebster is a German word that means “dearest” or “favorite”.  Other meaning may include sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kinda, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.    The award recognizes new and upcoming bloggers with less than 200 followers (or friends) who deserve recognition and support for their contribution in the blogosphere. THANK YOU Joan of 26 with 4 Kids for this award!  I really appreciate it knowing I'm one among your "dearest".  And as stated in your blog that in order to accept this prestigious award, one must abide by the list of rules which are: Each person must list 11 things about themselves. Answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set for you PLUS you must create 11 questions of your own for the 11 people you will nominate with this award. Choose up to 11 bloggers linking them t